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2018 Nissan Armada KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

Nissan’s largest and most expensive SUV, the luxurious 2018 Nissan Armada is perfect for families looking for a full-size, 3-row SUV that seats eight passengers and has the power to tow up to 8,500 pounds. All-new just last year, the Armada is attractive, comfortable and with a starting price of around $47,000 it’s less expensive than a Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition or Toyota Sequoia. It also costs $22,000 less than the similar Infiniti QX80. Under the hood is a burly 390-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 that gives the Armada more power than the trucks from GM, Ford or Toyota. Three trim levels are available, SV, SL and Platinum. Every Armada gets a 7-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but Nissan offers 4-wheel drive with a low-range for an additional $2,900.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2018 Nissan Armada is basically an Infiniti QX80 with $20,000 lopped off its sticker price. The two trucks are exactly the same size, use the same chassis, suspension, engine, transmission and they look pretty much the same. If you want an Infiniti on a Nissan budget you’ll like the new Armada.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for the smoothest ride in the class, you may not like the 2018 Nissan Armada. Its suspension doesn’t soak up the urban landscape quite as well as the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia. While large enough for adults, the Armada’s 3rd-row legroom also lags behind the Expedition, Sequoia and the Chevy Suburban.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the new Nissan Armada gets considerable infotainment upgrades, and it becomes the first truck in its class to offer a high-tech rearview mirror. The system uses a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle and an LCD monitor built into the glass of the standard rearview mirror. Nissan calls it Intelligent Rear View Mirror, and it’s standard on the top Platinum trim level.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With its spacious interior and big V8-horsepower, the 2018 Nissan Armada is a fantastic road-trip vehicle. On highways, this 3-row SUV is smooth and quiet and the driver’s seat is well shaped and firm enough to keep you well supported on long drives. Our test vehicle, a Nissan Armada Platinum, also featured a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats and its navigation system was easy to program. Around town the Armada’s significant size makes it a handful to park, and some may find its steering heavy and its ride overly firm. Acceleration is strong and the rumble from the big V8’s exhaust is entertaining, but not loud enough to be intrusive or obnoxious. The 7-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive, and 4-wheel-drive models feature a low range for improved off-road performance. With its ample 9.1 inches of ground clearance the Armada isn’t exactly a Baja racer, but it’s surprisingly capable in the dirt.

Favorite Features

Standard on the SL and Platinum trim levels, Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor is like a rearview camera on steroids. It not only shows you what’s behind the SUV, but additional cameras on the side and front of the vehicle give you a bird’s-eye 360-degree view of the Armada and its surrounds.

A popular option on full-size SUVs like the 2018 Nissan Armada are 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Although they drop the truck’s seating capacity from eight to seven, the two individual seats are more comfortable than the 3-across bench and they really improve 3rd-row access. This is a very affordable option at just $450. Unfortunately, it’s available only on the top Platinum trim level.

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